Noodles is invited to a party, where he reunites with Max, who didn't die and is under a different identity. Max wants Noodles to shoot him - to repay a favour - but Noodles refuses and walks away. We later see a dark figure coming from the house and disappears when a garbage truck drives past - we don't know if Max jumped in or not.A flashback follows this of Noodles second entry to the Chinese hideout where we first saw him. He smokes some opium and grins - suggesting the entire film was an opium dream but we are left in mystery.
Continuity mistake: In the first 1968 section, where Noodles rents a car and drives back to his old neighbourhood, watch the background of the wide shot as he is stopping the car. In the close-up that follows when Noodles gets out, two girls have appeared, hanging around a doorway, who were not to be seen the moment before.
Noodles: I always thought you might have helped yourself to that million bucks. But now I know. Yeah, you're on your ass worse than ever.
Fat Moe: But I thought it was you who.
Noodles: No, you thought wrong. The suitcase was empty.
Fat Moe: Then who took it?
Noodles: That's what I've been asking myself for 35 years.
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